Scenes from the 1915 Galveston Texax Hurricane
Wreckage of causeway from north of arched bridge to mainland (close-up).Rex Dunbar Frazier—Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Scenes from the 1915 Galveston Texax Hurricane
Scenes from the 1915 Galveston Texax Hurricane
Scenes from the 1915 Galveston Texax Hurricane
Scenes from the 1915 Galveston Texax Hurricane
Scenes from the 1915 Galveston Texax Hurricane
Scenes from the 1915 Galveston Texax Hurricane
Scenes from the 1915 Galveston Texax Hurricane
Scenes from the 1915 Galveston Texax Hurricane
Scenes from the 1915 Galveston Texax Hurricane
Scenes from the 1915 Galveston Texax Hurricane
Scenes from the 1915 Galveston Texax Hurricane
Scenes from the 1915 Galveston Texax Hurricane
Scenes from the 1915 Galveston Texax Hurricane
Scenes from the 1915 Galveston Texax Hurricane
Wreckage of causeway from north of arched bridge to mainland (close-up).
Rex Dunbar Frazier—Special Collections, University of Housto
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See Photos of Historic Hurricane Destruction

Almost 15 years after a devastating hurricane wrecked Galveston, Tex. at the start of the 20th century, it almost happened all over again. On Aug. 17, 1915, another hurricane—believed to be more powerful than the one that destroyed the port city—made landfall.

This time, however, Galveston stood up to it. As recounted by Houston History magazine, the 1900 hurricane inspired Galveston's leaders to build a seawall, which was completed in 1904 and expanded in the years that followed. It was put to the test in 1915–and passed. Though there was extensive damage, as these pictures show, the wreckage was nothing compared to the earlier storm.

These photographs, from the collection of the University of Houston, were taken by Rex Dunbar Frazier, a representative of an engineering firm that was working on repairs. Most of the pictures he took were made on Aug. 18, just one day after the storm made landfall.

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